Brain On Tutoring is a one-woman operation located in Belchertown, MA┬áthat offers K-12 and college tutoring in most subjects. If the subject you’re interested in isn’t listed, please feel free to inquire.

Brain On Tutoring Philosophy
Brain On Tutoring strives to be responsive to the goals of unique student and parent teams. The aim is to make the best of the time, energy, and talents at everyone’s disposal.

Elementary, middle, and high school are places for learning how to learn. Not only do students pick up the basics that will carry them through college and future professions, they figure out how to acquire and apply knowledge. Tutoring can provide students with insight and guidance through that process. Good study habits and organization, awareness of mastery of knowledge, and confidence in their ability to take on academic challenges are all enhanced by tutoring. Unlike in most school settings, tutoring offers one-on-one focus and feedback on both the subject matter and on the student’s experience of learning.

Amanda Halperin, the owner and primary tutor of the company, faced many obstacles in her own academic career, including ADHD and a parent who was attending college while working full time. Nevertheless, she obtained her BA in Medieval Studies and Communication at UC Davis and her Master’s in Public History from CSU East Bay. She also completed all the medical school prerequisites through Organic Chemistry. Her experience with designing systems for a rigorous academic environment helps her guide students successfully through the same process.

In her over seven years as an educational professional, she has tutored kindergarteners to graduate students, taught junior college classes, and designed curriculum.

Subjects Taught

  • Elementary Math
  • Middle School Math
  • Pre-Algebra
  • Algebra 1
  • Algebra 2
  • Geometry
  • Trigonometry
  • Pre-Calculus

English for K-12 and College

  • Writing Basics: grammar, citations, vocabulary, and quotations
  • Writing Essays: making a claim, supporting claims with evidence, structuring an argument, logically explaining evidence, organization, transitions, and many more
  • Writing Narratives: characters, dialogue, plot, and story
  • Reading: identifying key ideas and details, literary analysis, and understanding craft and structure

Social Studies for K-12 and College

  • All historical subjects
  • Psychology
  • Government and Politics
  • Research Skills
  • History essays and formatting


  • Elementary Science
  • Middle School Science
  • Biology
  • Earth Sciences
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Chemistry
  • Zoology